What: Hip-Hop/Afro Pop
Where: Toronto, ON
Toronto’s Ozzmanic basically hit the ground running when he dropped his debut single, “B. (BENJAMINS)” back in 2013. The track – which showcases a slick, spellbinding production supporting the MC’s swag-for-days flow – hit number one on the Reverbnation hip-hop charts for Toronto. Just a few months later, he earned an enviable slot at the 2014 edition of Canadian Music Week without an LP or EP to his name.
In 2016, he dropped his hard-hitting debut EP, The Risk Tape, and continued turning heads towards his boundary-pushing Afro-trap style with hints of influence from Michael Jackson, Akon, and The Weeknd to Jay-Z and J. Cole laced throughout. The more explorative and expansive Rainbow EP followed in 2019, pushing his one-of-a-kind sound into new territory.
His latest single, “Happiness,” dropped earlier this year, boasting a dancehall-tinged production and hooky melodies that are as engaging as they are endearing. We’ve already seen several different facets of Ozzmanic’s artistry, and every time a new one is revealed, it seems increasingly likely he’ll soon hit it big.